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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott introduced that he had filed for re-election forward of the 2022 gubernatorial election within the state.

“I’m here today to officially sign the paperwork to run for re-election as governor of the great state of Texas,” Abbott stated in a video posted to Twitter Tuesday whereas touting the greater than 20,000 signatures he had obtained to get on the poll.

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While there was little doubt Abbott would search a 3rd time period as governor, the incumbent Republican has faced criticism from inside his personal celebration and is going through a number of challengers forward of March’s GOP main.

FILE - In this June 8, 2021, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

FILE – In this June 8, 2021, file photograph, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

One of Abbott’s main challengers is Texas Republican State Sen. Don Huffines, who previously has taken intention on the governor for his dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Well, we don’t have a Donald Trump as governor. We don’t have Ron DeSantis as governor. We don’t have William B. Travis as governor. Unfortunately, we’ve got a career politician that’s a political windsock, a RINO,” Huffines stated throughout an look at CPAC earlier this 12 months.

Huffines went on to accuse Abbott of shredding “our constitution,” arguing that the governor’s pandemic insurance policies “put 3 million Texans on unemployment and dependent on the government in one day.”

If Abbott have been to get by means of the first, his doubtless Democratic challenger is former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who ran a failed bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 and a failed U.S. Senate bid in 2018.

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

A recent poll confirmed Abbott with a cushty lead in a hypothetical matchup with O’Rourke, gaining the assist of 46% of registered Texas voters in contrast to 37% who stated they might again O’Rourke.

Abbott formally kicked off his marketing campaign by vowing to safe the border with Mexico and assist regulation enforcement.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

“I want you to know I am running for re-election to protect and secure our border. I’m running for re-election to support our police officers in the great state of Texas. And I am running to ensure that Texas remains a job-creation machine, leading the United States in job opportunity, ” Abbott stated in his announcement video. “Working together, we will keep Texas the best state in the United States of America.”